RAPA NUI
1994, Warner Bros., 107 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Reynolds

The enigmatic stone statues of Polynesia’s Easter Island have intrigued observers for centuries; this underrated drama offers a speculative look at the civilization that created them. Jason Scott Lee and Esai Morales play former friends turned rivals for the hand of Sandrine Holt in a society split by class differences and facing environmental collapse. Filled with stunning scenery, and featuring music by Stewart Copeland of The Police.


OPEN RANGE
2003, Buena Vista Pictures, 139 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Costner

Retired gunslinger Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) is forced to return to violence when the cattle crew he has formed with old friend Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) is threatened by enemies who endanger not only Waite’s way of life but his new romance with Sue Barlow (Annette Bening). Kevin Costner’s return to the Western genre delivers the traditional satisfactions of a classic and the audacious surprises of a true original, as it blends romance, adventure and history to explore profound adult issues without sacrificing entertainment value in the process.


BLACK OR WHITE
2014, Relativity Media, 121 min, USA, Dir: Mike Binder

The racial divide suggested by the title plays out with remarkable power and nuance in the latest film from writer-director Mike Binder. Kevin Costner gives one of his best performances as lawyer Elliott Anderson, a grieving widower faced with raising his biracial granddaughter alone. But the girl’s paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) is concerned about Anderson’s drinking problem, and as the two sides face off in custody court, long-simmering issues of race and family reach the boiling point.


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